Tension as Officer is Killed in PNG
Papua New Guinea’s police command says it has restored some calm among the force in Port Moresby after a senior officer was killed by off-duty military personnel.
The Commander for Zone Three in the National Capital District, Senior Inspector Andrew Tovere, died at Port Moresby General Hospital yesterday.
According to FM100 News, the night before, Snr Inspector Tovere was allegedly attacked by drunken, off-duty Defence Force personnel when police were responding to reports of the sale of alcohol at a black market.
The attack, which occurred at a settlement adjoining the Police Air Transport Services Unit base, came within hours of the introduction of restrictions on alcohol sale as part of PNG’s measures in response to Covid-19.
In response to the attack, angry police officers were seen driving in a convoy around parts of Moresby yesterday with their sirens blaring. Footage has also emerged of police officers firing gunshots into the air at one location.
As tensions escalated, police personnel were urged by their commanders to refrain from carrying out any retaliatory acts against the PNG Defence Force.
Mr Wagambie added that police have been contained and are back to normal, saying he could not foresee any trouble as long as the suspects are brought in.
The weekend tension occurred soon after PNG’s Emergency Controller, police commissioner David Manning, issued new directives restricting the sale of alcohol by major supermarkets and wholesalers on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Papua New Guinea police command says it has restored some calm among the Force after a senior officer was killed by off-duty military personnel.